Controlled explosions shake West Ipswich

A man was transported to the PA Hospital with extensive damage to his hands after a blast on Clay St, West Ipswich about 6.30 last night.
A man was transported to the PA Hospital with extensive damage to his hands after a blast on Clay St, West Ipswich about 6.30 last night. Sarah Harvey

THE bomb squad has this afternoon carried out two controlled explosions at an Ipswich home which is the centre of a major police investigation.

Police declared an 'emergent situation' under the Public Safety Preservation Act around the home in Clay St, West Ipswich, where a man was mutilated in an explosion last night.

The  roads affected were Clay St, Brisbane St, Burnett St, Darling St East, Sytax St, Herbert St, Challinor St, Johnstone St and Tiger St.

Controlled explosions were carried out at 4.30pm and 5.40pm. The second blast was heard across West Ipswich. 

The latest developments follow a controlled explosion which was carried out at the Clay St property in the early hours of today.

A man lost one hand and suffered serious wounds to his other after an initial suspicious explosion at the home at 6.30pm yesterday.

The man also suffered a large wound in his right groin and was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Another male resident received minor hand injuries and was taken to Ipswich Hospital.

The blast occurred close to where a homemade bomb was found and detonated by the police bomb squad at the Bunnings Warehouse construction site just three months ago.

The QT spoke to a resident who was walking in the vicinity shortly after last night's explosion and saw the most severely injured man's injuries.

"We heard a lot of yelling and came around the front and there was a male…with blood everywhere and a towel over his hands," he said.

"I looked at his hands and one of them was completely gone.

"The other one was pretty mangled.

"I wanted to apply first aid…but he was in such an agitated state I didn't want to upset him more.

"One of the neighbours called triple-O while I kept him stable until an ambulance got there."

Inspector Keith McDonald said last night that numerous triple-O calls were received by emergency services after people reported hearing an explosion.

"Upon arrival we found one male with extensive injuries to both hands and he has been transported to PA Hospital," he said.

"The second male who was present in the residence has some minor injuries to one of his hands and was transported to IGH for treatment.

"At the moment we don't know what caused the explosion. We are in contact with our bomb squad and scientific (department) and the scene will be declared a crime scene until our investigations are completed."

There were early reports that the explosion had been caused by a gas bottle but Insp McDonald said there were "no indications that a gas cylinder caused it".

Investigations continue.

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